Sunday, March 13, 2011

There are Blueprints at the Manufacturer

I had several CAD formats that I gave to my local manufacturer and when he got around to running them using his CNC machine they did not work. This is unfortunately too common. A new version of the program comes out yet the file it outputs has the same file extension despite small changes to the file. This confuses older versions of the program when they try to run the new files.

To solve this problem I had my VP of Engineering whip up five pages of dimensioned drawings and I took that to the manufacturer. Dimensioned drawings spell out all of the dimensions. They are basically blue prints. Using these drawings you would be able to figure out everything you need to know about where to cut. It is a good situation, dimensioned drawings are far more universally accepted than any type of CAD file format.

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